These beauties are fairly new to market, as of October 2015, and they were the first moissanite to come to market after the patent expired. They rolled out their stones with an ideal round cut, and now they have expanded their line to nearly all shapes. Hello trillion! They have made great strides with their cut (cut is key, my love), and now have a diamond cut cut round as well as a round brilliant, in both near colorless and colorless. When they first rolled out, they were pretty but not amazing, so a heads up, you'll see some forums where girls are chatting about how they looked months ago, or late last year and much of the feedback wasn't great. We want you guys to be aware that the newer NEOs really are beautiful (like this 4 carat knockout), otherwise we wouldn't be selling them.
For now, we are able to get all kinds of sizes in the NEO ideal cut round, including melee (jeweler speak for tiny ass stones) as well as their gorgeous new cushion cut, we saw it first at the JCK Vegas gem show, and, well, YUM. The NEO is the most affordable stone we sell, come with an awesome warranty that even covers chipping and scratching, and they have a sexy name.
Some geek speak: The NEO is a 4H crystalline polytype, which allows for the cleanest and purest colorless rough crystal growth. (#GemNerd) The NEO outperforms the 6H polytype currently used in the market today, and it is grown and faceted in a way that allows us to create the exact look that you want. While rare on Earth, the NEO is remarkably common in space. It is a common form of stardust found around carbon-rich stars. The NEO is a 4H crystalline polytype, allowing for the cleanest and purest colorless rough crystal growth. Learn more about Guy Stimpson, the mastermind behind the NEO - we call him our mad scientist of moissanite.
WHAT COLOR ARE THEY?
Initially they started with a G-H color stone, which is called near colorless in the gem world, but as of August 2016, there are colorless NEOs coming in now as well. They are an E-F in color. So now we have a choice! Some prefer the G-H color since it looks a bit more "natural". The reason being, most diamonds sold on the market today are not colorless, since they command a much higher price than a near colorless gem. Colorless stones can come off as too white to some, but it's really personal preference. Some of our clients prefer a colorless stone, since you can get a big yummy colorless moissanite engagement ring for around $1,600, or you can spend $35,000 for a good lookin' 2 carat diamond. For just the stone.
As new moissanites continue to flood the market, you'll find pricing will likely be all over the place - a higher price does not always mean higher quality. Some pricing examples: a near colorless NEO diamond cut 1 carat round will run ya around $385 and a 1.9 carat round $700, 3.1 carat is $1180, and if you like 'em big, a 4.2 carat $1650.
Yup. The NEO has the most comprehensive warranty of all the stones we sell. It covers color and clarity changes (optical properties) as well as an extended warranty. The extended warranty runs through the original retail store, and it covers any damage resulting in chipping, scratching or abrasions.
BEEN IN THE BIZ SINCE THE BEGINNING
Guy Stimpson, our resident moissanite expert (#moissaniteman) and all around good fella is flanked by his right-hand man Steve, who has excellent taste in a Fedora. Guy has been in the moissanite biz for almost 20 years, so he was quite the young fellow when he got in the game. He worked for Charles & Colvard in the early days and was their top European salesman for several years. The man knows this stuff like the back of his hand and the crazy detailed specifics on how the material needs to be cut in order to have a stunning result. He is always eager to educate anyone on moissanite and believe me, give the man a drink and you are in it for the night. (hold on, having a flashback to the JCK gem show in Vegas when we all first met...) Learn more about the science behind the NEO and Guy here, in our Mad Scientist of Moissanite article.